G3 Gift Guide: Part V.

Picking up where Erika left off, below are some ideal geeky gifts (according to me) for this Festivus season.

Absolute Planetary Book One

Absolute Planetary Book OneYou could get the issues of Planetary digitally. You could get the trades. But THIS is the Absolute Edition. Book Two is easy enough to get. Book One … not so much. Any comic lover would be all over this, and doubly impressed because they know it’s out of print.

Full color commission of Nimue by Amy Reeder

Madame Xanadu

I imagine we won’t see Madame Xanadu written and drawn as her youthful Nimue self any time soon (or maybe ever again). Being that this incarnation of the character only existed in the first arc of Matt Wagner and Amy Reeder’s Madame Xanadu, there are not many images of her in that costume. Oh, to have a full-color commission of Nimue from the artist herself, Amy Reeder. Pure joy.

Troy and Abed “Warhol”

Troy and Abed WarholI first noticed the picture in the Community episode “Remedial Chaos Theory” hanging in Troy and Abed’s apartment.  And as soon as I saw it, I loved it. I immediately sent a tweet to NBC saying that it needed to exist. Now, NBC has made a poster. And a T-shirt. Because all Community nerds love it (and probably tweeted it, too).

Donate to a comic book Kickstarter!

Peter Pan The Graphic Novel - Vol. 1 by Renae De Liz

‘Tis the season to be … generous! What better way than to support a creator-owned comic? Here are a few good ones …

Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel – Vol. 1 by Renae De Liz

GODLESS COMICS! by Kona Morris

Girls Night Out: Tales of New York by Amy Chu

SEX AND VIOLENCE Volume 1 by JIMMY PALMIOTTI

The Big Feminist BUT by Shannon O’Leary and Joan Reilly

Cheers, ya’ll!

‘Community:’ The Geekiest Show on TV

Oh, “Community,” how we’ve missed you! After a far-too-long hiatus that had fans thinking “cancellation,” the brilliant, criminally underrated comedy about a motley crew of community college students returns. Count V. and I among the faithful who will be ignoring telephone calls and loved ones from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

I could rattle off many reasons to watch this show, from the stellar cast to Dean Pelton’s penchant for drag and extreme political correctness (The school mascot is the Human Being). But “Community” is more than a great comedy in the general sense. It may be the geekiest show on television. This is not a knock against “The Big Bang Theory,” a show that I watch and enjoy. However, where “BBT” takes a much broader approach in serving up nerd culture, “Community” is more sly and, in my opinion, sharper with its comedic delivery. And boy, does it deliver. We’re talking zombies, dead-on action movie sendups, the “Doctor Who” knockoff “Inspector Spacetime,” an “Earth-2″ United Nations and much more. This is a show that expects the viewer to be on his or her pop culture game, and that may be one reason it’s not a ratings juggernaut. Hell, there are probably dozens of geeky asides that have flown over my head, but that just gives me an excuse to re-watch. No wonder this show has inspired several comic book-style tributes.

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Donald Glover for Spider-Man!

No joke. We can see it.

The hilarious NBC sitcom “Community” is on a short list of things we love as much as reading comic books. So cast member Donald Glover — aka junior college jock, Troy — had G3 at biblioteca when he began campaigning for the Peter Parker role in the forthcoming “Spider-Man” film reboot. Glover is a gem on a show filled with them, and the studio would be smart to take his interest seriously. The fact that he’s African American isn’t an obstacle — it’s an opportunity to breathe new life into a movie franchise that’s grown a little tired. Here’s why putting Glover in red and blue tights makes perfect sense:

Filmgoers need a reason to care.
The last movie in the Tobey Maguire-led trilogy was released just three years ago, so when news of a reboot began circling a few months ago, even hardcore geeks were asking, “Why?” Spider-Man hasn’t been gone long enough for us to miss him, and there’s a big cloud of been-there-done-that hanging over this idea. Casting someone unexpected — like a nonwhite actor — would certainly heighten filmgoers’ interest, and you could do worse than a guy on a critically acclaimed TV show.

Glover’s a good actor.
When you can hold your own in a scene with Chevy Chase, you’re obviously doing something right. Comedic acting is harder than it looks, and Glover’s take on Troy, a less-than-brilliant former high school football star, is endearing and frequently LOL funny. He’s handsome but accessible in that boy-next-door way, and Glover could easily amp up the intelligence to play reluctant superhero Peter Parker. He’d be awfully cute in glasses, not to mention the suit.

Spidey is familiar enough to re-imagine.
With three very recent live-action movies on DVD shelves, Spider-Man is well known to the general public — so familiar that taking him in a direction shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Besides …

Kids don’t care that much.
On an Around Comics podcast several months ago, one of the panelists mentioned that his nephew, who is white, had this reaction to Ryan Reynolds’ casting as Green Lantern: “Green Lantern’s white now? Aw, man.” This kid had grown up on the Justice League Cartoon Network series, in which the resident Green Lantern is a black man, John Stewart. I could be wrong, but the racial freak-outs — at least as far as entertainment goes — seem to be more of an adult specialty.

Peter is an outsider.
Peter Parker’s origin story is full of teen-outsider angst, and take it from me: Few things are more ‘outside’ than a black, adolescent geek. Glover could take that aspect of Parker’s life in a whole ’nother direction.

While we’re on this topic, can the filmmakers please cast a better Mary Jane this time around? It would be cool for the studio to cast a talented, non-white performer in that role, too, but that (unfortunately) might be asking too much. If so, I hereby nominate cute-as-a-button Alison Brie, another fabulous “Community” cast member. She and Glover have such good chemistry, and in her recurring role on “Mad Men,” she’s proven that she can do drama as well as comedy. Bring on the Clairol #44 red hair coloring, and it’s a wrap. Hollywood, you’re welcome!